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Annals of the Former World by John McPhee
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it was amazing
Recommended to Lois by: random internet review
Recommended for: anyone interested in pop sci


A most excellent remedy for insomnia, and (speaking as a sufferer) I do not mean that pejoratively. The perfect book for reading a little bit at bedtime every night, easy to pick up and put down, but still worth the reading. It lasted me about 6 weeks; not sure what I'll use now. (Well, I suppose there's still E. O. Wilson's The Ants, but I'm not sure my arms are strong enough to hold it up...)

Layer by layer, McPhee sediments one's grasp of deep time, and of the geologists who study it. A little too accessible to be called "magisterial", but it still evokes that feeling. I would also recommend it as an antidote for the news.

Highly recommended, not that it apparently needs my approval. I'm glad it won the Pulitzer, in its day.

Ta, L.
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Elizabeth I like McPhee's broad curiosity, such as The Crofter and the Laird and Oranges. I enjoy his writing.


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